I got a good laugh today... I'm monopolizing the kids!

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Eddie B, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had 3 mothers on my case today... they each have a son who cuts grass, and they all cut together in the neighborhood for money. These kids are about 11-12 years old. They claimed I was creating a monopoly by providing additional services that these kids can't handle, thus taking all their business. So I point to the lawn I just cut (1/4 acre), and ask the kids how much they would charge. The 3 kids discussed it and agreed on $20. I told them all I do is cut the lawn... and my price is more than theirs.
    "but you have weed wackers. Its not fair we can't do all that!"
    "Isn't that part of the job? When you cut grass, you are supposed to cut all of it arent you?"

    There was a moment of silence, then the parents chimed back in on how it wasn't fair. I told them that if the customers want the kids to do their lawns then the kids can do them. I don't care. I laughed and walked away. Didn't even bother mentioning license/insurance. I understand a kid trying to make money, but c'mon!
  2. jimslawns

    jimslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    :rolleyes: It's Really About the Childeren isn't it???? :rolleyes:

    Ask Mom(s) who was going to pay for replacing the $1500 Patio Door??? :realmad:
  3. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    We don't have that problem. I have a few customers with able-bodied youngens' and all the equipment in the garage and they still hire me.We two types of people around here (kids included) the type that works 80 hours a week and the type that wants to do absolutly nothing.
  4. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    or the $500,000 house when the kiddie hits a gas line and starts to leak and when a nearby car passes and throws out a ciggarette butt.... can some1 say explosion! :realmad:
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I would ask them (the parents) two questions. 1. How much do THEY pay their kids to cut their grass. 2. How many kids do THEY (their kids) have to feed.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would have just told them to get a life. Period
  7. woodycrest

    woodycrest LawnSite Senior Member
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    So, kids are only allowed to have paper routes?

    i think kids should be allowed to make money too, shouldnt they?

    i agree that the mothers complaining about monopolizing is ridiculous.

    are you guys so old that you forget what its like to be an enthusiastic 12 year old with some ambition other than sitting in front of the sony play station all day?
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    There is nothing wrong with the kids going out and making money...it's when the "mothers" start com8ing out and taking up precious time. Then, to deal on their level, you have to say something that they are going to understand. This isn't directed at the kids.
  9. woodycrest

    woodycrest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    well at the root of all this, it is just parents looking out for their kids best interest i suppose.


    i understand your point... :)
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    Im glad the kids want to learn how to earn money, but I think they need to learn that there is more involved then just mow, there is trimming and sidewalks to clean also. The parents should of been able to point this out to the kids, well maybe not because it doesnt seem they understand the scope of the work

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